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I think I was miss understood here. I do logout of KDE from the main menu and it get's me to the black screen where I had to type "startx" to load KDE. when I logout of KDE I am still logged in as Alex, my regular user.
I need to know how to get my normal account the privliges to be able to halt or reboot.
See... this is the trouble with us newbies. It isn't just we don't know the answers... we don't even know the questions! Then someone gives a reply like this and we walk away, shaking our heads, and re-boot into Windoze...
sudo (superuser-do) is a terminal command that allows priviledged users to run commands as if they were root. In your case "sudo halt" or "sudo reboot", if you've added yourself to the sudo user group.
In Fedora Core and RHEL there is a "halt" under /usr/bin directory which can be invoked directly with your "alex" user account, this is something much alike the one using "sudo" -- it uses "userhelper"(which is used to run a superuser command with normal account) -- I don't know whether slackware has this command. But I guess there must be a superuser's "halt" under /sbin.
I'm not familiar with KDE. Anyway, in Gnome's main menu, when invoke the Log Out button, you get some options like "Log out", "Reboot", "Shutdown", choose "Reboot" will take you directly rebooting your machine and not the text terminal which you typed "startx". I have experimented this with my machine.
If KDE has not the Log Out menu button, then you have to do with the "sudo" way (because it is probably that you don't have userhelper installed, and sudo is much more popuplar -- I guess).
somebody once mentioned a file called shutdown.allow that you can put somwhere to use halt (which is rewaly a symlink for shutdown -h now)
or any otehr shutdown command such as -r
if anyone knwo this i am looking to doi this too!